Eleven Years Ago

It was a beautiful day.

As we stood in separate places in the church dressed in our finest, Cara and I could only listen to the early parts of the ceremony that we had planned together.

Our mothers had written letters, and our siblings read them to those who came to witness. A dear lady from our spiritual family was used by God to match the two of us together, and she read a letter sharing the story of how we first met.

A slideshow of our lives separate and together was shown to the tune of “If You Could See What I See” by Geoff Moore & The Distance. It was incredible how much our separate lives mirrored one another at each stage! It was as if God had sovereignly orchestrated our lives to create a new harmony.

Cara’s sister was her maid of honor, and my brother was the best man. We had scores of friends and relatives who came in support of our marriage. Cara’s father walked her down the aisle, and we were led in our vows before God and all these witnesses by a respected pastor who also affirmed our marriage.

It was a beautiful day, but it’s even more than that.

It IS a beautiful day.

It’s so easy to allow life to transition from the high of the ceremony to a married life that reflects little spark. It has become so commonplace for people to view marriage as “the end” instead of what it really is — the beginning.

Married life is not easy, but it is beautiful. God has and continues to work in our marriage to love, honor and cherish us until we go to be with Him. At least, that’s the way I see it.

According to Ephesians 5:22-33, marriage is meant to be an incredible picture of the love between Christ and His bride — the Church. So in Cara’s love for me, I can see and experience the love of God. I pray that my love also gives her a glimpse of His great love for her.

It’s far from perfect, and it’s sometimes messy.

But it is absolutely beautiful.

Our wedding day was and is a beautiful day. It’s not something that simply happened 11 years ago. You could ask me, “Would you marry Cara all over again?” And I would unhesitatingly reply, “In a heartbeat!” It’s that same spirit from our wedding day that we continue to hold in our hearts today. It’s an ongoing celebration of love, life, and pursuing Christ together.

If it’s been a while, perhaps it’s time to remember that day. Maybe you should ask your spouse to sit down with you for a while tonight and pull out the wedding albums. Remember. Cherish. Hold those memories in your hearts. Pray and thank God for how He has so loved you through your spouse for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health.

Make it a beautiful day.

3 Responses to “Eleven Years Ago”
  1. Sharman says:

    This is a very nice article Andrew and I thank you for sharing it with me…it was a beautiful day! And it still is beautiful to see how the two of you love and repsect each other and the wonderful parents that you are. May God continue to bless you as you continue to serve Him.


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